The first of the two live in-store performances at Basement Discs this week was a delightful mini show today of Danny O’Keefe alternating songs with Kristina Olsen with Peter Grayling providing beautiful cello accompaniment to them both.
Overall both artists played three songs apiece. Danny performed two of his most well known songs, Well, Well, Well which he co wrote with Bob Dylan and The Road - a song famously covered by Jackson Brown on his record, Running On Empty - as well as one from his latest CD In Time.
Kristina sang three of her own compositions, a sexy little number about the Tango, In Your Darkened Room the title track from her latest CD and The Big O.
Though a short set, it was all very entertaining and I loved the cello. What a wonderfully melancholy sounding instrument – so deep and sonorous. One rarely sees it being played these days in live concerts. Danny O’Keefe joked that it was an impressive instrument to experience up close, in that it penetrated the lungs and drew out all the phlegm. He recommended Peter Grayling release a record called The Medicinal Cello.
Tomorrow Ruthie Foster is in store, so bang goes any other plans for lunchtime activities, as I figure Ruthie Foster is not to be missed.